FOOD LINES IN AMERICA
Stewart A. Alexander
TODAY'S POOR: Out of sight, out of mind.
The difference between today's depression and the
depression of the 1930s (i.e., the "Great Depression")
is that today's depression is largely out of sight --
and that means OUT OF MIND, at least
to those who still hold a job.
During the 1930s, the depression was there for everyone
Tarpaper shacks in plain sight of downtown Chicago,
and near Park Avenue in New York City - THERE
WAS NOTHING HIDDEN ABOUT THE GREAT DEPRESSION.
That's not so today. Those suffering the effects of
today's depression are hidden below freeway under-passes
and in poverty-stricken neighborhoods these same freeways
bypass; or they are "buried" in the basements of a relative's
home. Moreover, those receiving food assistance have been
"secreted away" in plain sight in grocery check-out lines
holding food stamps that most "ordinary" people pretend
not to see.
Those receiving food assistance today are hidden
in plain sight in grocery store check-out lines
or in out-of-the-way food pantries run by various
charitable organizations. THIS IS DONE
PURPOSEFULLY BY THE GOVERNMENT TO HIDE THE EXTENT
OF THE FOOD CRISIS BROUGHT ON BY THE LOWERING
STANDARD-OF-LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES FOR "ORDINARY"
This kind of "studied" and very "purposeful" blindness
allows Christians today to "buy into" the same belief
system that President George Bush (II) annunciated while
still governor of Texas:
"During the more than half century of my life,
we have seen an unprecedented decay in our American
culture, a decay that has eroded the foundations of
our collective values and moral standards of conduct.
Our sense of PERSONAL responsibility has declined dramatically,
just as the role and responsibility of the federal government
have increased. The changing culture BLURRED THE SHARP
CONTRAST BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG and created a new standard
of conduct: 'If it feels good, do it.' and 'If you've
got a problem, blame somebody else'. 'Individuals are
not responsible for their actions', the new culture
has said. 'We are all victims of forces beyond our control'.
"We have gone from a culture of sacrifice and
saving to a culture obsessed with grabbing all the gusto.
We went from accepting responsibility to assigning blame.
As government did more and more, individuals were required
to do less and less.
"The new culture said: if people were poor,
the government should feed them. If someone had no house,
the government should provide one. If criminals are
not responsible for their acts, then the answers are
not prisons, but social programs ..."
Now stop for a moment and take notice of what Bush
was saying here. Note the clever way Bush intermingled
MORAL failure and words that connote unethical lifestyles
(e.g., "crime," "prisons," "blame,"
etc.) with FINANCIAL failure (e.g., phrases like, "...
the new culture said: if people are poor, the government
should feed them. If someone has no house, the government
should provide one," etc.) as if the two were one
and the same thing; as if financial failure (i.e., poverty)
equals MORAL failure.
THIS IS NO ACCIDENT! It is a shrewdly designed stratagem
that has been used over the years again and again by the
rich to inculcate into the minds of average people the
thought that FINANCIAL failure (i.e., poverty - which
the rich presume is tantamount to financial failure) results
from a MORAL breakdown; and that FINANCIAL success results
from MORAL integrity.
Horatio Alger, Jr., the author of more than 100
inspirational books for young people from the
Civil War to the turn of the 20th century, was
born the son of a Unitarian minister on January
13, 1832. Rejected by the Union Army because of
asthma, Horatio Alger was a poet, teacher and
newspaper correspondent before he eventually followed
in his father's footsteps and became a minister
on Cape Cod. Alger
is best-known, however, for his books with rags-to-riches
themes. In Alger's world, everyone, no matter
how poor or powerless, could succeed through hard
work, honesty and high moral values.
His 'pluck and luck' books of hope in the face
of adversity were always bestsellers and almost
every home, school and church owned a large collection.
More than 250 million copies of his books have
been sold worldwide.
HOW CONVENIENT FOR THE RICH! - and it goes a long
way in justifying the harsh changes in the bankruptcy
laws that Bush proposed in 2001, changes that have had
the effect of REDUCING A GREAT PORTION OF OUR POPULATION
TO A CONDITION APPROACHING "INDENTURED SERVITUDE"
TO COMPANIES LIKE VISA, MASTER CARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS,
AND BANKS LIKE WELLS FARGO, BANK OF AMERICA, CITICORP,
Think about it! - if financial failure can be successfully
linked to moral turpitude in the eyes of the public, then
it makes it all the easier for the elites to impose the
austere measures they feel are necessary to bring the
debtor class "to heel." And if the Bible can
be brought to bear on these scofflaws, so much the better.
The truth is, if Christians can be enlisted to bash in
the heads of the poor, the banks and credit card companies
can seize the moral "high ground" in their uncharitable,
hard-hearted efforts at "debt collection."
Wow! - who said it was impossible to squeeze blood
out of a turnip? With the help of the Christian community,
a "miracle" in this direction may not be all
that impossible! Wow! What a marvelous religion - and
so much more comfortable and self-assuring than the old
biblical kind of Christianity that so RUDELY insisted
"No man can serve two masters: for either he
will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will
hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve
God and mammon." (Matthew 6:24)
Think about it: a religion that so elegantly contradicts
(or at least neutralizes) verses like Matthew 6:24, and
by doing so, saying that, "You can have your cake
and eat it too;" a religion that justifies the rich
in their wealth, and excuses them in the miserable way
they treat the poor. NOW THAT IS THE KIND OF RELIGION
THAT CAN MAKE THE MOGULS OF WALL STREET AND THEIR "TOADIES"
IN THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT SIT UP AND NOTICE.
THE NEW CHRISTIANITY: The poor deserve to be poor!
But Christians who participate in such a religion,
those who misuse the Scriptures for their own selfish
ambitions and purposes, will someday pay a heavy price.
Life doesn't go on forever. There comes an end, and after
that, the judgment. It's not without reason, therefore,
that the Bible warns:
"Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave
off righteousness in the earth,
"WHO TREAD UPON THE POOR, and take from him
burdens of wheat (i.e., his just wages) ...
"I know your manifold transgressions, and your
mighty sins ... YOU TURN ASIDE THE POOR IN THE GATE
FROM THEIR RIGHT (again, their wages). Amos 5:7, 11-12)
"... I WILL COME TO YOU IN JUDGMENT, and I
will be a swift witness AGAINST YOU WHO OPPRESS THE
HIRELING IN HIS WAGES." (Mal. 3:5)
Christians today would be well advised to beware of
such an evil form of Christianity. Sadly, this is EXACTLY
the kind of Christianity from which my
twin brother refuses to break in any kind of MEANINGFUL
way; and this is EXACTLY the kind of Christianity that
many of the churches and ministries that Richard
Paradise advertises on his News Tract website.
Moreover, the Christians who subscribe to this mindset
are EXACTLY the kind of Christians to whom Dene
McGriff is peddling his "get-rich-quick" MLM scams.
The numbers are staggering, 31.8 million Americans receiving
food stamps and 697,000 individuals added to the unemployment lines; these
numbers have not been seen since the Great Depression. In the 1930s the
foods line extended for blocks in most urban areas; today, the food lines
are part of the grocery lines in every neighborhood across America.
According to Reuters, "The previous record for food stamp
enrollment was 31.6 million last September, which included "disaster"
stamps for states hit by hurricanes and floods." Today that number has
been surpassed; even with government bailouts totaling close to $3 trillion,
the U.S. economy is in freefall and the lines for food stamps and unemployment
benefits continue to climb.
The nation may not see the food lines that were seen in the
1930s; however, the numbers are there. In Los Angeles County, 2.2 million
people are receiving public assistance payments or benefits; one out of every
five people living in the county. Texas had the largest enrollment for food
stamps at 3.5 million, and Ohio had a 3.4 percent increase with 1.26 million
people receiving food stamps.
In the 1930s huge food lines were "out in the open" where everyone could see (top two pictures); today the food lines are almost as big - but they are no longer "out in the open" where everyone can see, but they are in grocery-store check out lines and at "hidden away" food pantries run by charitable organizations. All this gives the appearance that things are not as bad as in the 1930s, but that's merely a contrived deception.
have not seen such a demand for public assistance since the
1930s. Today, the number of those that are unemployed and
under-employed nationwide could well exceed 60 million Americans
- which approaches the numbers seen during the Great Depression
- BUT ALL THIS IS HIDDEN FROM THE "PUBLIC EYE." OUT
OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND insofar as those who still
have a job.
Riverside County and San Bernardino County, two counties east of Los Angeles,
may well be in a mild depression. Both counties have unemployment
exceeding 10.2 percent [24 percent in real numbers - please
see our article, "A
Permanent 30% Unemployment Rate for the United States."]
Moreover, the lines for public assistance continue to grow
as both counties are impacted by the downturn in the building and construction
industry. Presently hundreds of thousands of jobs seekers remain out of work
and many are traveling to neighboring counties to take low paying jobs or
part-time employment. Just to make ends meet, many residents are seeking public
The recent government bailouts have
failed to jump start the economy and has failed to create jobs and many economic
experts believe any benefits from the bailouts may not be seen for many years.
In February, the government told the nation that things would get worse before
getting better; for millions of working class people, things are getting
worse by the day.
Nonetheless, the government is optimistic that the U.S. economy
will rebound by the end of 2010; however, most economists believe that the
country is headed towards more misery and poverty.
Brothers and sisters, there is no escaping this
dynamic. IT IS WRITTEN INTO THE PROPHETIC SCRIPTURES,
and - hence - written in stone.
Make no mistake about it! - Economic catastrophe is
coming. And it is aimed at you; the Bible does not leave
us in the dark with regard to this matter. Revelation
"And when he had opened the third seal, I heard
the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and
lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair
of balances in his hand.
"And I heard a voice in the midst of the four
beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three
measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not
the oil and the wine." (Revelation 6:5-6)
NOTE: The Third Seal
[The Black Horse (and horseman) of the Apocalypse]:
And in the hand of this terrible personage is a
pair of balances; and there is a "lyric"
that issues forth from the mouth of this horseman:
"A measure of wheat for a penny [literally
- denarius, a Greek coin which represented
a WHOLE DAY'S wages], and three measures of barley
for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the
wine." The meaning of this lyric is that the
condition of man in the "End of Days"
will be reduced to such that he will have to labor
a whole day simply to buy a loaf of bread or three
measures of barley. But the second part of the saying
["... and see thou hurt not the oil and the
wine ..."] means that the economic catastrophe
in these days will not extend to what might be called
a "global elite of worthies" who have
evidently allied themselves to the anti-Christ's
policy of conquest - only the rich in the ancient
world could afford oil and wine.
Again I say, YOU CANNOT ESCAPE THIS DYNAMIC;
the only question is, How will you react to it? Will you
be able to say with the prophet Habakkuk -
"Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither
shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive
shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the
flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall
be no herd in the stalls:
"Yet I will REJOICE in the Lord, I will JOY
in the God of my salvation." (Hab. 3:17-18)
Do you love Jesus in this way? - or do you love Him
because he secures you from poverty, he provides you with
a spouse who loves you, a house to live in, a visa and
a master card, a new car to drive around in, and so forth.
You say no! - that you love Him in the same way that the
Prophet Habakkuk loved God. Oh, really? - we'll see! We'll
see. It's not what you say that counts, but what you do!
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